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3 1 2 starsWith just a littledepth, this would have been a four star book for me There were some things left unexplained about certain characters that left their motivations a little fuzzy However, this was still a very captivating story I read all but the last 20 pages in one night The prose is very smooth and light, making it very easy to read This kind of prose always makes me suspect an author of secretly being a poet This is a very different sort of mystery in that you don t re 3 1 2 starsWith just a littledepth, this would have been a four star book for me There were some things left unexplained about certain characters that left their motivations a little fuzzy However, this was still a very captivating story I read all but the last 20 pages in one night The prose is very smooth and light, making it very easy to read This kind of prose always makes me suspect an author of secretly being a poet This is a very different sort of mystery in that you don t really know what the mystery is that you re digging toward until you get close to the end of the book James Jack Wright finds Marguerite, his beloved Tante that raised him, dead in the snow at the age of 94 He can t let anyone know she s dead right away because of a promise he made to her to do a certain thing after she died The chapters alternate between James Jack in the present and Marguerite telling the story of her life She sort of moves backward and forward in time, eventually working back to long ago events that determined the way she would live the rest of her life Beautifully done but sad. This book had the kind of journey I love You sometimes feel like you are meandering down side streets, peaking around corners, and discovering interesting bits of the world to pocket away and bring out every once in a while to contemplate on Loved it and cried when the journey was over, not because I was happy or sad, something in between If you don t enjoy Literary Fiction this probably won t do anything for you but if you like to take that road sometimes I highly recommend. One of the very best books I ve read in a long time From the setting to the characterization to the plotting, this is an assured and moving novel The relationship at its heart, that between a man and the woman who raised him, is rendered with great depth I ll be recommending this book to anyone who will listen This book was not at all what I was hoping I found the beginning slow, and then the flashbacks, jumping in and out of different time periods, was annoying The description of Marguerite s time in New Orleans, very long and somewhat odd to the rest of the plot The whole scenario with Daniel was so unbelievable Her mother gets her sterilized, and then not only does her father manage to chop off her finger, but kills her boyfriend in the process The unbelievable nature of these and many other a This book was not at all what I was hoping I found the beginning slow, and then the flashbacks, jumping in and out of different time periods, was annoying The description of Marguerite s time in New Orleans, very long and somewhat odd to the rest of the plot The whole scenario with Daniel was so unbelievable Her mother gets her sterilized, and then not only does her father manage to chop off her finger, but kills her boyfriend in the process The unbelievable nature of these and many other actions made this book unenjoyable seriously, you find your Tante dead in the snow and think, I must burn her alive But only after you ve already tried to tell the sheriff And the oddball Faith, agrees to this Faith s story was started but not developed either So much to make me say, no No one would do this Best book I ve read in a while Highly recommend A lyrical, bittersweet homage to love, in its many forms Innes Brown deftly interweaves the life story of ninety four year old Marguerite Deo with the lives of those who were touched by her And so many of those characters created by the author struck me as genuine people I would like to have met Although she avoids actually naming the locale, there is a compelling sense of place anyone who has lived for a time in that region will recognize it A wonderful piece of work from beginning to end A lyrical, bittersweet homage to love, in its many forms Innes Brown deftly interweaves the life story of ninety four year old Marguerite Deo with the lives of those who were touched by her And so many of those characters created by the author struck me as genuine people I would like to have met Although she avoids actually naming the locale, there is a compelling sense of place anyone who has lived for a time in that region will recognize it A wonderful piece of work from beginning to end I hope Innes Brown will continue to write and I look forward to reading &FREE DOWNLOAD ☠ Burning Marguerite ⇴ One winter morning James Jack Wright finds ninety four year old Marguerite Deo the woman he has always known as Tante lying dead in the woods outside his cabin, clad only in a flowered nightgown With this arresting scene, Elizabeth Inness Brown ushers readers into her mysterious and lyrical narrative, the story of two closely braided lives that forces a reconsideration of our notions of maternity, loyalty, love, and perhaps death itself As James Jack sets out to fulfill Marguerite s unusual last wishes, the narrative unveils the secrets of their pasts It arcs from Depression era New Orleans to a barren New England island at the turn of the century, from an illicit passion and an unforgivable crime to the relationship between a small boy and a tough, reclusive woman who turns out to possess an unsuspected capacity for love If I could, I would have given this book 3.5 stars There is enough here about the characters to pull you in and the author demonstrates some talented writing The book does jump between narrators and if this were a book I was reading with my book club, I think I would ask the others if they thought this change in narrator was necessary or effective Still, an interesting read that moved in surprising directions. This is a really good story but I feel like it left me hanging at the end James Jack finds his guardian dead on a winter night he is in his 30 s and she in her 90 s The book goes back and forth to fill in details of their lives Characters, settings, story are all good but it ends kind of abruptly may be just me do like things tied up with a neat bow